Pattern - I have chosen the Old Fashioned Baby Pattern "Priscilla's Layette", (View 2 shown above in white fabric with blue bias binding at the neck and sleeves). Besides being a really cute little Daygown, it has raglan sleeves. They are simple to sew and they fit different size babies very well because they do not have shoulder seams. I will use View 2 for my first project.
Christmas Baby Daygown
In this picture you see the pattern, five Mother of Pearl Baby Daygown buttons and the white Lawn fabric I have chosen. I am making this for a Christmas baby so I will use red/microcheck fabric for the bias binding at the neck and sleeves. You also see the spool of white thread I use for sewing. I have selected 2 skeins of floss for the embroidery, although at this point I don't know what design I will use. You can find this put together as a kit for you and can choose the red shown here or blue or pink for the bias binding.
Fabric - I love cotton! It breaths and it is so comfortable. We want our baby to be comfortable as well as beautiful in his clothes! You just have to feel so sorry for those little babies who are dressed in jeans. I think their parents should get into bed fully dressed (in jeans) and stay there 24 hours a day for several days so they will really know how uncomfortable their little one is. Our Daygown will be a soft Cotton Lawn.
Notions - Don't skimp on quality. If you purchase inferior products, you'll have inferior results. I recommend thin "Silk" straight pins with a glass head, good quality cutting shears and a ruler. I like to use my Wrist Pincushion to hold the pins because it is so handy but any Pincushion will work.
Below are some of my favorite Pincushions, given to me by friends and students. I love Pincushions!!